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Jose Mourinho denies Jackson Martinez talks

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a January swoop for Porto striker Jackson Martinez.

The Colombian, valued at £30 million,  has been in superb form since joining Porto in 2012, and has scored 34 goals in 40 league appearances to date.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old, while it was suggested earlier this week that Martinez's agent was in London to discuss a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues appear to be short of in-form goal scorers in attack, with Samuel Eto'o currently out with a groin strain and Fernando Torres having only just returned from an ailment of his own. Demba Ba is Chelsea's third choice striker, and could even be allowed to leave in January.

However Mourinho, speaking ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash against Southampton this weekend, claims that the rumours are false, and that he won't be signing a new striker in the winter window.

"The Porto striker? What I read a couple of days ago that his agent was meeting me in London is not true," he told reporters.

"In the January market we won't buy any striker, we'll go to the end of the season with Fernando, Samuel and Demba Ba."

Mourinho has come in for criticism for letting Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku join Everton on loan this season.

The Belgian has outscored all three of Chelsea's strikers this term, but Mourinho hinted there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Lukaku's move to Goodison Park.

"Romelu likes to speak," he explained. "The only thing he didn't say is why he went to Everton on loan.

"The last thing I said to him was, 'Why do you never say why you are not here [at Chelsea]?' It is something he should think about, why he is not with us."

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